High voltage drama was witnessed outside the administrative block of Indore’s Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya (DAVV) on Thursday as scores of student leaders protested against executive council’s decision to invite Hema Malini for a dance performance at the 10th South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST).
The students, led by the members of Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India (NSUI), claimed that organising such events will lead to sheer misuse of students’ money. If insiders are to be believed, the veteran actress is charging a whopping Rs 25 lakh for her performance. Add to that, the university will also have to make arrangements for her crew.
One of the protesters dressed up as Hema Malini and danced outside the administrative campus as part of the protest.
Association of Indian Universities (AIU), recognized by University Grants Commission, organises SAUFEST every year to encourage cultural exchange between students of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
After DAVV got a ‘go-ahead’ to host the event this year between February 28 and March 4, 2017, an executive council member proposed Bollywood actress Hema Malini’s dance performance for the event.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, city Youth Congress university in-charge Abhijeet Pandey said “We won’t allow the entry of any political leader inside the university teaching department (UTD).”
“If the university insists on bringing her, the authorities will have to ensure that she comes here as an artist and not charge single penny. We will appreciate her kindness,” Pandey said.
Youth Congress members suggested that the university executive council should pay more attention to issues that bother the students instead of wasting time on discussing Hema Malini’s dance performance. “If the university is so eager to hold a programme, then they should invite city-based playback singer Palak Muchhal,” one of the protesters said.
Following an hour-long protest, the Youth Congress and NSUI members presented a memorandum to vice-chancellor Narendra Kumar Dhakkad, who in reply assured that the matter will ba discussed at the executive council.